Highway 101 & beyond
At the end of August we spontaneously decided to load up the car and headed down the coast; from Vancouver Island to Washington and ending up in Oregon. There were a few motivations for this trip - seeing a part of North America that I've always longed to explore, getting away from home to reset before fall, to visit our lovely friend Nicole, and to get inspired. All of these goals were met, and the trip turned out to be more successful than I had even dreamt it to be. We drove, surfed, ate (A LOT), and did whatever the hell we felt like doing!
When we first arrived from the Black Ball to Port Angeles we were welcomed into America by the best burrito we've ever had and blackberries for miles. Our drive on Highway 101 reminded me a lot of VI's coast.
It was hot out, we had a great playlist, and everything around us felt pretty magical. Our first real stop was in La Push to surf and check things out. Then we drove to Westport to camp for the night. The next day we drove over the Washington - Oregon bridge with fresh lavender on the dash and stopped at an adorable cafe in Astoria. Later that afternoon we reached our destination - Seaside, Oregon. We spent two nights in Seaside at our friend Nicole's - we surfed, explored Cannon Beach & Nehalem Park, and ate really good thai food.
Our second to last day was spent in Portland, and my god that city is dreamy. I loved the small-town vibe it held. We never felt overwhelmed by crowds and everyone seemed so relaxed there. We only spent 10 hours in the city, but we managed to eat 4 meals and have a few snacks on top of that. The food in Portland won my heart. I am already dreaming of returning.
We left Portland at 8pm to begin our journey back North. I had mapped out (literally) the next 6 hours on the Interstate 5 & Highway 20. We were heading towards the North Cascades to hike the next morning. We stopped around 1:30am and slept in the car next to a river in the park, and the next morning at 5:30am we made our way to the trail head. Hiking in the Cascades has been a dream of mine for years, and it exceeded expectations. The landscape was jaw dropping all along Highway 20, and when we were at the summit looking down it was mind-blowing. It was a little tough leaving the Cascades after only one summit, considering we were surrounded by peaks for hours. I would return in a heartbeat.
The trip was over, just five days after it begun, and I couldn't think of a dull moment. I am a planner, but embarking on this last minute adventure was exactly what my soul needed to wrap up the summer.